Review: Ford Focus Active (2019)

Rating:

Ford Focus with mildly raised ride height and drivetrain modifications for mild bad weather and off-road driving. Full range of Focus petrol and diesel engines, 6-speed manual transmissions and 8-speed automatics.

Not an SUV style crossover.

Recently Added To This Review

21 November 2018 Formal announcement of Ford Focus Active crossover.

Available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles with rugged exterior styling, the Focus Active features a 10mm raised ride-height and a bespoke chassis configuration to retain Focus driving... Read more

Ford Focus Active (2019): At A Glance

Crossover version of 2018 Ford Focus hatchback and station wagon offered with 30/34mm raised ride height and technologies to give more grip when used in milder off road conditions. Features 17-inch wheels with 215/55 R17tyres or optional 18-inch wheels with 215/50 R18 tyres.

Bespoke Slippery and Trail modes added to the Focus Active’s Selectable Drive and standard roof rails to help carry bicycles or sports equipment.

Equipped as standard with Ford’s short long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension, the Focus Active chassis features unique springs, dampers, stabiliser bars, and front and rear knuckle geometries, alongside a ride height raised 30mm front and 34mm rear over the standard Focus.

The SLA system optimises comfort and response, and features an isolated subframe that delivers a desirable balance between front and rear compliance over larger bumps in the road, for smoother journeys. Multi-compound bushes feature different stiffness characteristics when stressed in different directions, for better isolation of smaller bumps and improved noise, vibration and harshness. A unique SLA geometry for the station wagon model repositions the dampers helping the vehicle remain agile and responsive even with a fully loaded boot, and helping maximise boot space with a wider load-floor area.

In addition to the Normal, Sport and Eco Selectable Drive Modes equipped as standard for all Focus models, the Focus Active introduces: Slippery mode, which adjusts ESC and traction control settings for increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as mud, snow and ice; reduces straight-ahead wheel spin, including when pulling away from stationary and delivers a more passive throttle response; Trail mode, which helps maintain momentum on soft surfaces such as sand; adjusts anti-lock braking to allow greater wheel slip; configures traction control to allow higher wheel spin that cleans sand, snow or mud from the tyres; and delivers a more passive throttle response

Powertrains include Ford’s 1.0-litre belt in oil EcoBoost and 1.5-litre chain cam 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engines delivering up to 182PS, and Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue and 2.0-litre EcoBlue belt cam 4-cylinder diesel engines delivering up to 150PS – combined with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions.

What does a Ford Focus Active (2019) cost?

List Price from £22,910
Buy new from £17,269
Contract hire from £219.40 per month
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What's the Ford Focus Active (2019) like to drive?

The 1.5 EcoBoost 150 on deeper profilte tyres than the equivalent Focus estate drives, handles and rides beautifully. Benefits rather than suffers from the 10mm increase in ride height.